UK Man Jailed For Six Months For Ambulance Theft


A man has been jailed for six months for stealing personal protective equipment, including face masks, from an ambulance, police in London said on Thursday.

Mark Manley, 35, pleaded guilty to theft, public order offences and assaulting a security guard who challenged him about the incident near a south London hospital last Saturday evening.

The Metropolitan Police said he took a bag containing items including masks, paper suits and hand gel from the ambulance but some of the items were unusable because of contamination.

He was sentenced at a court hearing in Croydon, south London, on Monday, it added in a statement.

Another six-month jail sentence was given in London on Wednesday to a 55-year-old man who coughed on a police officer and threatened to infect him with COVID-19.

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Both incidents were classed under a specific law governing assaults on emergency workers, which was introduced in November 2018 and carries a maximum jail term of 12 months.


NCDC Receives Four Ambulances From Dangote To Tackle COVID-19


The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has received four ambulances from billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote as part of his support in tackling the COVID-19.

The NCDC confirmed this on Saturday, saying the ambulances were received by the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

In a tweet, the ministry said it was grateful for the collective efforts demonstrated by the government & private sector in response to the outbreak.

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The donation comes a day after members of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19, donated billions of naira to curb the spread of the disease in Nigeria.

They include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu (United Bank of Africa), Herbert Wigwe (Access Bank), Segun Agbaje (Guaranty Trust Bank) and Jim Ovia (Zenith Bank).

The president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Friday, thanked them for their “public-spiritedness”.

Meanwhile, the President noted that First Bank is partnering with the government, the United Nations, and innovative technology firms to provide e-learning solutions to at least one million children under the ‘Keep Them Engaged, Keep Them Safe’ initiative.

Ambode Commissions Helipad At LASUTH, Says To Be Used As Life Saving Asset

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned a Helipad at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH),

While commissioning the facility, Governor Ambode, who said it will be a life saving asset, maintained that the need for a helipad had become necessary to complement other emergency services within the state.

He further stated that the facility would be operated by specially trained personnel, who will offer a 24-hour service.

The governor also mentioned that the Helipad would be located in LASUTH, Given her reputation as the State Tertiary Health Institution, offering referrals to other state and private medical institutions.

He said the usual movement by road is not the best option and has guaranteed the public that there would be expert medical care during emergency transfer and also safe landing at all times.

Governor Ambode also inspected abandoned as well as on-going projects, including the upgrading of 247-bed and five theatre suits for pregnant women to be ready for use by the first quarter of 2017.

Senator Distributes Ambulances To Hospitals In Kogi State

The senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Smart Adeyemi has presented 24 ambulances, hospital equipment and jeeps worth millions of Naira, as well as 100 lock up shops to the people of the state.

The senator made the presentation at the open field of Anglican Science Secondary School Iyara, the headquarters of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada had weeks before this presented ambulances to some local governments in the state, adding to the existing ones after paying their counterpart fund, but the ambulances were still not enough, as many hospitals in the state still lacked facilities.

Senator Adeyemi therefore decided to compliment the state government’s effort by providing the 24 ambulances and hospitals equipment which he distributed to state, federal and local government owned hospitals in the state, including the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC.

The donor explained that the ambulances and hospital equipment were acquired in order to improve the quality of lives of the people in the state and to reduce mortality, owing to the fact that it would enhance easy access to speedy and quality healthcare services.

Adeyemi added that he had been providing social basic amenities to complement the state government infrastructural development, assuring that he would never betray the mandate given to him.

He urged the people of the state not to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to other parties in the country, saying that the PDP is the party for Nigeria.

The PDP National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladapo, commended Adeyemi for the good work. He also seized the opportunity to canvass for his party, the People’s Democratic Party. He stated that all those who work for the party would be rewarded at the end of the day.

In his speech, Governor Idris Wada commended the senator for embarking on projects that would touch the lives of the citizens of Kogi State, he appealed to the people to use the equipment with care, while urging others to emulate the philanthropic gesture of the senator so as to complement the government.

The commissioning ceremony also had in attendance the royal fathers, Kogi State Road Safety Sector Commander, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Chief Medical Director of the Specialist Hospital Lokoja, PDP members, Kogi State Executive Council members, and the Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi.

Aregbesola Launches 50 Ambulances

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has launched 50 state-of-the-art ambulance vehicles as part of the state’s Ambulance Service Scheme tagged O’ Ambulance.

Speaking in Osogbo the state capital, Governor Aregbesola identified poor emergency management as the major cause of deaths in many road accidents.

While launching the vehicles, 19 of which were procured by the state government and 31 by local government councils, Governor Aregbesola maintained that the deplorable state of major highways in the country is responsible for most of the road accidents, but added that if responses to these accidents had been prompt, many deaths would have been averted.

The Commissioner for Health, Temitope Ilori disclosed that the Ambulance scheme is a “stand-alone service” that is not attached to any of the nine state hospitals, adding that the vehicles will be stationed in strategic locations across the state for prompt and effective service delivery.

She stated that in case of emergency members of the public can call 07080601212 and 07080601313, with the emergency short code being 112.